Home Decorating Why This Works: How to Style a Calm Yet Dramatic Bedroom

Why This Works: How to Style a Calm Yet Dramatic Bedroom

Turn Your Sleeping Space Into a Cozy Cocoon

Ever look at a beautiful space and wonder how did they do that—and, more importantly, how can I do something similar at home? In this outdoor edition, we break it down, using this bold bedroom as your guide:

Go all in on your paint color
To make the most visual impact with paint, use one color on everything: Walls, ceiling, trim, and moldings. With a dark color, you’ll create a cocoon of color that makes the room feel more expansive, especially if you skip any wall art. This tactic also puts the focus on the furnishings in the room.

A Moroccan-style rug lends global edge
To give your space a little globetrotting cool–without leaving the comfort of your own home, consider accessories that nod to faraway places, like the Moroccan-inspired Masinissa Hand Knotted Rug. The white wool rug’s texture and pattern also temper the deep, blue wall color.

Use furniture in unexpected ways
Every room needs some moments of surprise. A subtle way to create this feeling of the unexpected is to use a piece of furniture in an unusual way or place. Here the versatile kilim-covered bench stands in for a traditional bedside table, lending the room a casual boho vibe. Shuffling your furniture’s placement from room to room is also a great no-cost way to get a new look.

Textiles can create a welcoming lived-in look
Patina and imperfections signal a room is a place for living, not just for show. If you don’t have objects that have naturally aged over time, you can fake a patina with vintage-look pillows and a kilim-covered bench.

Blue and white is always right
But that doesn’t mean you have to stick to the classic china pattern hues. Tweaking this classic combo to shades of indigo and ivory gives the pairing a fresh, modern edge. Play with the full range of blues and off-whites to find one that fits your style.

You can never have too many tactile layers
Don’t stick to one fiber when you’re dressing a bedroom: Instead, lean into a variety of textiles. Here the bedding layers of stone-washed linen, quilted linen, and velvet, placed adjacent to the kilim-covered bench and shaggy wool carpet add up to a deeply nuanced sensory experience.

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Florence Anderson October 27, 2020 at 1:36 pm

I love it. Where are your retail stores. I need to see this stuff in person

Erin November 2, 2020 at 1:01 pm

Hi Florence! We have two stores, you can find them here: https://annieselke.com/our-stores. We also have stores all over the country that sell our products, you can find those here: https://annieselke.com/store-finder. We look forward to seeing you!


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